A Draft and Drover breed and should structurally appear as such. It is a striking, tri-colored, large, powerful, confident dog of sturdy appearance. It is a heavy boned and well muscled dog which, in spite of its size and weight, is agile enough to perform the all-purpose farm duties of the mountainous regions of its origin.
Only the proven healthiest and correct dogs should be used in a breeding program
Health ClearancesPublished, easy to find and honest
All dogs should have final health clearances before they are considered for breeding. A dog must be a MINIMUM of two years of age to have these done. Thus, all our breeding dogs are two years of age or older.
We link to each of our breeding dogs' health clearances on their pages so you can easily find that information. All dogs can and do have health problems. We strive to minimize these health issues and are honest with homes about what issues we have seen in our breeding program.
Conformation AND PerformanceProven mentally & physically stable
Our goal as breeders is to have Swissies that meet the breed standard - the way to prove this is by showing in conformation and earning a dog's championship.
We also strongly believe that a Swissy should be mentally and physically sound enough to earn working titles and most of our breeding dogs have titles at the end of their name to prove this.
As not just a breeder, but also an owner and trainer, we value the time we spend with our dogs training and pursuing working titles with them and thus can offer you valuable advice as well.
Raised RightPuppies With the Best Start
Studies have shown that the first 12 weeks of a puppy's life is vitally important to how they will be as an adult.
All of our puppies are raised in the main area of our home and are accustomed to household noises, objects and people. We also take our puppies for socialization trips outside our house before they leave for their new homes.
We believe it is very important that both adult dogs and puppies are raised as part of the family so that as breeders we know the ins and outs of what it's like to live with each individual dog. All our dogs live in our home (not a kennel, garage, etc.) as part of our family.
Bold, faithful, willing worker
2017 was a great year for us...here are a few highlights
#2 Agility Greater Swiss Mountain DogSara Lee
Sara Lee was invited to compete at the AKC invitational in FL for the 5th year in a row - Sara Lee wins #2 Swissy at the Agility Invitational at seven years of age.
Sara Lee and Jan are an amazing team and after earning her PACH in 2015 (only the 2nd swissy ever to earn this title) they have gone on in 2016 to earn her novice, advanced, and excellent titles in both jumpers and standard at full height all in less than 10 trial weekends AND with Lee taking a break in April to have her second litter of puppies. So very proud of her and Jan!
2017 GSMDCA National & Independent SpecialtiesBest Junior in Futurity (NS), Best Opposite Puppy in Sweeps (IS), 1st in Class (NS & IS), TWO Triathlete Challenge Winners (NS)
At the 2017 GSMDCA National Specialty we once again were honored with several of our dogs earning national recognition. Fannie May won first place in her 12-15 month class every single time she entered the ring under five different judges (NS sweeps, NS regular, NS futurity, IS sweeps, IS regular) - and also was honored to receive Best Junior in Futurity, Best of Opposite Sex at the IS Sweeps, and Reserve Winners Bitch at the IS.
Two Cherished GSMDs also earned Triathlete Challenge awards - Elliott and Coralie- only three dogs were Triathletes at the NS and two of the three were Cherished GSMDs!
Top Producing Sire & Top Breeder of titlesAndas & Dolly
Each year one male and one female swissy is recognized as the 'Top Producer of Working Titles' for having their offpsring earn the most working titles in a given year.
Our boy and girl, Andas & Dolly, were awarded 'Top Producer of Working Titles' for 2016! This is the 4th year in a row that a Cherished Swissy has taken home the award...2014 & 2015 were Betty and in 2013 & 2016 Dolly won it...and Andas won for the first time in 2016.
We also won the 'Top Producing Breeder of Titles' award for the 2nd year in a row - so honored to be the winner of this award. Thank you to all our homes for helping to make this happen!